Chris Curran: Any Room?

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Chris Curran: Any Room? (Luke 2:7)

Chris Curran, the pastor of Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo, reflected on the innkeeper in the story of Jesus’ birth recorded in the Gospel of Luke. He noted the irony is no innkeeper is mentioned in Scripture, only an inn. Curran gives an imaginative retelling of the story from the innkeeper’s perspective. He considered different reasons for there being no room in the inn, relating them to contemporary situations.

Suggesting Christmas is a time of opportunity for making room for Jesus, Curran reminds his hearers that opportunity doesn’t just happen on Dec. 25.



This sermon was delivered on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 23, 2020, for the morning worship service of Southland Baptist Church in San Angelo. It was part of an Advent series titled “Characters of Christmas.”

EDITOR’S NOTE: Despite being an Advent—or Christmas—sermon, “Any Room?” contains a message relevant to any time of the year. For another imaginative narrative about the innkeeper, see The Innkeeper’s Journal by Raymond McHenry.

A script for this sermon is available here.




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